The Jacksonville Jaguars will kick minicamp without their top edge rusher.
Yannick Ngakoue published a statement saying after his contract needs haven’t been fulfilled, he will hold out of mandatory minicamp.
“I won’t be attending minicamp because my contract has not been resolved. I remain committed to the fans Jacksonville and my teammates. My hope would be to be with Jacksonville for many years to come,” Ngakoue stated in a statement obtained by NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.
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The information was first reported by ESPN.
The 24-year-old prior third-rounder enters the final year of his rookie contract planned to make a shade. He is underpaid compared to talent and his creation. Ngakoue’s 29.5 sacks in three seasons are tops among players from his draft class, a team that includes Joey Bosa, DeForest Buckner, and Chris Jones.
Ngakoue is one of the youthful pass rushers in the total NFL. The Jags snagging him in the next round made up for its whiff on Dante Fowler Jr., whom the team traded last season. Now the Jags need to discover a way to cover Ngakoue more commensurate to his worth.
With contract talks Ngakoue will utilize his sole method of recourse. Ngakoue is subject to penalties up to $88,650, per the CBA, by bypassing mandatory minicamp.
We shall see whether his choice kicks discussions or creates a problem that lasts into training camp and festers through the summer.
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